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Varennes, Québec, Canada - Beauchemin ancestral home  The home was originally built in the late 1600s in Varennes.  It was in the Beauchemin family for over 300 years but then

Varennes, Québec, Canada

Varennes is located on the south shore of the St Lawrence River across from Montréal-Nord. Founded in 1672, it was named after René-Gaultier de Varennes, former owner of the Seigneurie de Varennes, who later became the governor of Trois-Rivières...

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Varennes, Québec, Canada

Thanks to Micheline Gadbois MacDonald
Beauchemin ancestral home

The home was originally built in the late 1600s in Varennes. It was in the Beauchemin family for over 300 years but then there was a family fight about it and it was left empty for a few years. Someone bought it at the end of the the last century and restored it lovingly. Modernized the inside but kept the outside as original as they could. In my book, it was the house where Marie and Nicolas went to live with their son Paul. On 22 April 1695 Nicolas and Marie renounced all ownership on all their possessions and gave it all to Paul, born in 1662, with the approval of all the other children and went to live with him. Paul was married the first time to Louise Bissonnette on January 8, 1691 and they had 5 children. His second marriage was to Marguerite Gamelin.

Varennes, Québec, Canada

Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes
30, rue de la Fabrique, Varennes, QUÉBEC J3X 1R1
Established 1692
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Varennes, Québec, Canada


Varennes, Québec, Canada

St. Joachim Chapel, Built in 1831
Chapelle de procession Saint-Joachim à Varennes, Québec, Canada

Varennes, Québec, Canada
Beauchemin Ancestral Home Drawing

Varennes, Québec, Canada

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“The Beautiful Old Houses of Quebec.”

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  • 1681 - Parish of Varennes opened

    Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal
  • 1692 - Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes established at Varennes
  • 1828 - Accidents by Lightning
    During the thunder storm on Friday evening, last, the electric fluid alighted on the house of an inhabitant named Girrard, in the Parish of Varennes, and entering by the chimney, struck one of his sons, and prostrated him on the ground. He was insensible for about two hours afterwards, but is now recovering. A dog was also struck by the lightning and killed. The chimney of the house was shattered and other damage done to it.

    From the Canadian Courant Accidents by Lightning
    New York
    August 15, 1828
  • 1832 - VARENNES,
    seigniory, in the co. of Vercheres, between Boucherville and Cap St Michel or La Trinite, is bounded in the rear by the augm. to Beloeil. - 28 arpents in front by one league in depth. Granted, 29th Oct., 1672, to Sieur de Varennes, and is at present the property of Paul Lussier, Esq. - The whole of this little grant is good and fertile land, nearly all in cultivation and pleasantly watered by two or three little streams. The church, belonging to this property, surpasses in beauty all those of the surrounding seigniories, and its exterior and interior decorations deserve notice: descending the river its three spires form a conspicuous object, which may be seen from Montreal, a distance of five leagues: a very good parsonage-house stands near it. There is also a neat chapel - It is watered by the St. Charles and other small streams. - Many of the houses of tenants are well built, and dispersed through every part; but nowhere in sufficient number to form a village. - All the lands are... Read MORE...

  • 1873
    VARENNES, a thriving post village in Vercheres co., Que., on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, 18 miles below Montreal. Its beautiful situation and excellent mineral springs makes it a delightful summer resort. It contains a church, convent, college, several flour and saw mills, 6 or 7 stores, and a telegraph office. Pop. 501.
    Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
  • News  1888 - To Pray For Rain. Canadians Suffering From the Effects of a Drouth.
    MONTREAL, Aug. 3 - The continual drouth in the country district has revived the project to have special services for rain in the county parishes. Varennes is going to seek the aid of the tableau of St. Anne, which is included among the miraculous relics in the chapel. About four years ago the people of Varennes sought the intervention of this miraculous tableau. The people of Vercheres, by permission, joined in the expense and ceremonial. The day came. It was clear, bright, sunny weather. There was not a cloud to be seen. All joined in the procession. The tableau was carried on the shoulders of several stalwart men, and the ceremony was most solemn, the hymns and chants being sung on the streets. It was about ten o'clock in the morning when the ceremony ended and the tableau had hardly been placed in the chapel when there came a few drops, then a shower, and finally the Vercheres people were unable to get home on account of a downpour of rain, which lasted until six o'clock that... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - Varennes
    Varennes. vil., Quebec, co. Vercheres, on R. St Lawrence, 18 m. E. of Montreal. P. of sub-dist. 1,789.
    The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
  • 1897 - Serious brush fires are raging and doing much damage in the vicinity of St. Come, St. Julie and Varennes, Que.

    The Ottawa Journal
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    October 29, 1897
  • 1903 - Escaped Inmate of Asylum Recognized
    Son of Seigneur of Varennes Seen at Old Orchard.

    Special to the Boston Journal.
    Old Orchard, Me., Aug 10 - Aimie Lussier, son of the seigneur of Varennes, Province of Quebec, Canada, was recognized at the beach today by a college mate from Montreal. The young man escaped last week from the asylum at Longue Pointe, whither he had been sent about a year ago after having been adjudged insane on attempting the lives of his father, mother and sister. The Quebec authorities have been notified of his presence here.
    Boston Journal
    Boston, Massachusetts
    August 14, 1903
  • 1906
    Varennes, a post-village of Vercheres co., Quebec, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence River, 12 miles from Montreal, on the Quebec Southern R. Its beautiful situation and mineral springs make it a summer-resort. Pop. in 1901, 775.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1906 - Five Small Boys Drowned in Brook
    Varennes, Que., Nov. 24. - While on their way to school yesterday five little boys attempted to cross a brook which had been covered with a thin sheet of ice, and all were drowned. Two of the boys were sons of Eustache Maleport, a tailor. The other boys' names were Racicot, Decelles and Bachand.
    The Winnipeg Tribune
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    November 24, 1906
  • Varennes
    Varennes, Québec, City, pop 20 950 (2006c), 19 653 (2001c), inc 1972. Varennes is located on the south shore of the St Lawrence River across from Montréal-Nord. Founded in 1672, it was named after René-Gaultier de Varennes, former owner of the Seigneurie de Varennes, who later became the governor of Trois-Rivières. The old village is well preserved and grouped around a large basilica dedicated to St Anne and is also the centre of devotion to Mother Marie-Marguerite D'YOUVILLE, canonized as a SAINT in 1990.

    Canada's largest concentration of researchers in the field of ENERGY is concentrated in Varennes. The headquarters of the Québec Institute of Research on Electricity is located here as well as Université du Québec's Institute on Energy and Materials and the federal government's Energy Diversification Laboratory. Varennes is also the site of a large petrochemical and chemical industrial park which shelters over 10 large multinational industries.

    Built along the St Lawrence, the ...

  • 2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Varennes:
    Vieux-Varennes (Old Varennes):

    Start your exploration of Varennes in the historic heart of the town. Stroll through the quaint streets of Old Varennes, where you'll find well-preserved heritage buildings and a unique ambiance.

    Maison Saint-Louis:

    Visit this beautiful historical site, which was once the residence of the seigneurs of Varennes. It offers guided tours that provide insights into the town's history and its role in the development of Quebec.

    Parc de la Commune:

    Enjoy a leisurely walk or a picnic in Parc de la Commune, a lovely park along the Richelieu River. The park offers scenic views and is a perfect spot for relaxation.

    Varennes Marina:

    If you're a fan of boating or just want to admire the water, head to the Varennes Marina. It's a great place to watch boats go by and soak in the riverside atmosphere.

    Parc Les Salines:

    This park is known for its walking trails and birdwatching opportunities. It's a peaceful place to connect with nature and spot ... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Varennes, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorAdrien SENÉCAL (15 February 1619, Bénouville, Seine-Maritime, France - 19 August 1688, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
male ancestorPierre ABÉROUX (ABIROU) (1623, , France - 21 November 1687, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorMarie POMPONNELLE (1630, , France - 18 November 1700, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorAnne GIRARD (3 February 1630 , Saint-Cyr-du-Vaudreuil, France - 23 August 1710, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
male ancestorNicolas PETIT dit LAPRÉE (1631, , France - 26 June 1697, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorMarie LORGUEIL-ARCOUET (1636, , France - 29 November 1700, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorJeanne LECOMPTE (1637, , France - 10 February 1694, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
male ancestorMichel MESSIER (11 July 1638, Rouen, France - 2 November 1725, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorAnne LEMOINE (LEMOYNE) (25 July 1638, Dieppe, France - 15 July 1725, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Varennes, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorPierre GODAMBERT (1666 - ) and female ancestorAnne THOMAS (1646 - 12 April 1724) married 1691
male ancestorJean-Baptiste-Rene RENAUD (7 February 1679 - ) and female ancestorMarguerite CHERLOT dite DUMOULIN (10 September 1674 - 12 August 1716) married abt. 1691
male ancestorThomas CHARTRAN (CHARTRAND) (28 August 1670 - 27 August 1728) and female ancestorMarguerite VENNE (VOYNE) (17 February 1674 - 27 June 1754) married 22 November 1694
male ancestorÉtienne SENECAL dit LAFRAMBOISE (1670 - 20 June 1733) and female ancestorPetronille MILLOT (24 December 1671 - 4 November 1758) married 22 April 1694
male ancestorJoseph JOUET (1669 - 7 June 1713) and female ancestorMarie-Catherine VENNE (VOYNE) (25 March 1676 - 5 January 1698) married 22 November 1694
male ancestorNicolas MILLET dit BEAUSSERON (14 August 1660 - 6 May 1735) and female ancestorCatherine GAUTHIER dite LANDREVILLE (25 July 1673 - 5 June 1741) married 2 MAY 1695
male ancestorJean QUINTIN dit DUBOIS (16 May 1668 - 1 March 1742) and female ancestorJeanne DALPE dite PARISEAU (29 September 1675 - 20 January 1754) married 17 January 1695
male ancestorChristophe LUSSIER (3 October 1673 - 5 February 1752) and female ancestorCatherine-Marie GAUTHIER (6 November 1673 - 7 February 1756) married 12 November 1696
male ancestorJean CAPEL (1670 - ) and female ancestorMadeleine-Thérèse AUBRY (8 August 1671 - 19 July 1748) married 14 November 1696
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